Meet new Kentucky Crafted artists Gerald Price; Brian and Sara Turner; and Johnny Gordon!

With dozens of Kentucky’s finest artists attending Kentucky Crafted: The Market, April 21-23 at the Lexington Convention Center, several will be showing at Kentucky Crafted: The Market for the first time. Today, we’ll meet metalworker Gerald Price, printmakers Brian and Sara Turner and glass artist Johnny Gordon.

LeGrand Metalsmithing

Gerald Price, Berea, Ky.

How did you get started in your particular discipline? What is your training?

I was looking for a hobby and got into metalworking because of the permanence, along with the aesthetics of the materials.

What do you want buyers to know about your work? What makes it different?

Price03Everything is handcrafted in Berea, with a lot of my inspiration coming from nature. Each piece is created from metal sheet and wire for the forgings, or starts as wax to begin the process of making bronze castings.

Name some of your career accomplishments.

I’m most proud of getting juried into Kentucky Crafted and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.

What are you looking forward to about showing at Kentucky Crafted: The Market?

I am looking forward to talking to the other craftsmen and being able to tell visitors about the process of my work.

 

Cricket Press

Brian and Sara Turner, Lexington, Ky.

How did you get started in your particular discipline? What is your training?

Cricket_Press06We are both self-trained printmakers. We got started designing and printing gig posters for our friends’ bands. We fell in love with the medium and soon branched out to other various event posters and art prints.

What do you want buyers to know about your work? What makes it different?

All our work is illustrated and printed in limited editions by us, by hand.

Name some of your career accomplishments.

Cricket Press has worked as a self-sustaining business since 2005. We’ve been featured in numerous books, magazines and articles about poster art and printmaking. Cricket Press was awarded Best in Show for Printmaking at the Woodland Art Fair in 2016.

What are you looking forward to about showing at Kentucky Crafted: The Market?

We’re looking forward to reaching a new audience with our work both on a local level and a national one.

 

Gordon Glass Studio

Johnny Gordon, Louisville, Ky.

How did you get started in your particular discipline? What is your training?

Gordon_Johnny05I hated selling cars and wanted to find a job where I could make things. I found a stained glass studio that took me on to cut glass for Tiffany replica lamps. Then they showed me how to put windows together and install them. In 2005, I opened my own shop and have been rolling along ever since.

What do you want buyers to know about your work? What makes it different?

The hanging glass panels I’ve been making provide the opportunity to play with light while offering privacy, allowing you to keep the blinds open. You can hang one panel as a highlight or hang a set of panels to create a sparkling glass screen.

Name some of your career accomplishments.

In 2009, five years after founding Gordon Glass Studio, I installed a large, glass mobile in Louisville’s new Norton Brownsboro Hospital. I created my production line in 2014, and I’ve been commissioned for numerous residential and commercial art glass projects. In 2016, I was juried into the Kentucky Crafted program.

What are you looking forward to about showing at Kentucky Crafted: The Market?

I’m looking forward to having a chance to get out of the studio and meet people! It’s pretty easy to just hide out in the shop and make things, but I’ve always enjoyed getting the chance to introduce my work to some new folks and talk to other artists about how they work and have some fun.

 

Check back on Thursday to meet three more new artists who will be exhibiting April 21-23 at Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

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